Removal of wisdom teeth could lead to opioid addiction, researchers claim

Mail Online | 12/3/2018 | Reporter
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People who get opioid prescriptions at the dentist office while getting their wisdom teeth removed may be getting addicted to the killer drug, according to researchers.

The Journal of the American Medical Association's JAMA Internal Medicine found that nearly seven per cent of teens and young adults who got on the medication, went back for more within the year.

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The researchers found that more than five per cent of those patients also went on to abuse opioids.

'This work raises two really important related but separate questions: Do we need opioids, and do we need the procedure?' asked Dr. Alan Schroeder, who led the team, NBC News reports.

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Schroeder is a clinical professor of pediatrics at Stanford University's medical school.

Researchers studied more than 750,000 medical records of people who had private health insurance in 2015.

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They also looked for prescriptions that were giving to people aged 16 to 25. Roughly 13 per cent of the test subjects - more than 97,000 people - got an opioid prescription filled.

Dentist office prescribed opioid prescriptions made up 30 per cent of all of them. Those who did not have prescriptions never went back for...
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